Blue Moon Harbor Lights Half Marathon information meeting

Monday, August 18

The purpose of these meetings is to inform the community and businesses of how they will be impacted (street closures, etc.), but also to promote the event, encourage volunteeris and educate member of the community on the various programs they can be involved in leading up to the event, Nov. 21-23.

Date:
August 18
Time:
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Location:
Pretlow Library
Address:
111 W. Ocean View Avenue
Norfolk, VA23503
Also on Thursday, August 21 Huntersville Community Center 5:30pm-7pm
Tuesday, August 26 Lambert’s Point Community Center 5:30pm-7pm


 

Berkley Bridge Pedestrian Access Pathway Safety Measures Completed

NORFOLK– Following an internal review, the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) has completed the implementation of several measures to enhance safety for public use of the Berkley Bridge pedestrian access pathway.

VDOT initiated a review and inspection of the Berkley Bridge pedestrian access pathway following a June 14, 2014, incident involving a bicyclist. As of July 18, 2014, the review and all infrastructure improvements to the bridge pathway were completed.

To identify infrastructure improvements to the bridge pathway, VDOT conducted an inspection to provide increased safety for all pathway users. The infrastructure improvements included:

  • Installation of improved signage and paint markings on the pathway
  • Installation of flexible post delineators to guide bicycle and pedestrian traffic

Administrative procedures were also revised, which include:

  • Eliminating the routine use of full-size motor vehicles on the pedestrian access pathway
  • Requiring the use of golf cart-type vehicles for employee transportation
  • Requiring the use of walking spotters to identify any potential safety issues when full-size vehicles are required on the pathway for equipment transport or maintenance
  • Modifying bridge operator access

VDOT will continue to evaluate these administrative and traffic safety measures to ensure continued public safety of the pathway.

COMMUNITY EMERGENCY RESPONSE TEAM

COMMUNITY EMERGENCY RESPONSE TEAM

CERT is a free training that teaches citizens how to prepare themselves and their

families for emergencies and disasters with both knowledge and hands-on skills. CERT

members are a community resource for emergency management, assisting with disaster

assessment and disaster special needs assistance in their community. Participants must

complete all nine sessions in order to complete the course. Saturdays and Sundays

sessions run from 8:30AM-4:30 PM. The July classes will be held at the Norfolk

Emergency Operations Center (First Precinct), 3661 E. Virginia Beach Blvd.

Saturday, July 19th: Disaster Preparedness

Saturday, July 19th: Terrorism

Saturday, July 19th: Medical Operations I

Saturday, July 19th: Medical Operations II

Sunday, July 20th: Fire Safety

Sunday, July 20th: Light Search & Rescue

Sunday, July 20th: Cribbing Training..

Sunday, July 20th: Disaster Psychology & CERT Documentation/Organization

Saturday, July 26th: Practical Drill/Exercise (0900-1200) VB Training Ctr

Our Mission:

To educate citizens to be better prepared to take care of themselves, their

family, and their friends and neighbors in the event of a Man-made or

Natural Disaster until professional help can arrive. “People helping

People”. We are a volunteer organization that has been trained to react

before, and after a disaster.

To register, please contact Scott Mahone at scott.mahone@norfolk.gov or 757-441

-5619. Go to http://va-norfolk.civicplus.com/index.aspx?nid=663 to see more

information about Norfolk CERT

Norfolk AIR adds building plan status and 2014 property assessments to public data base

Norfolk Air

The free site provides easy access to over 300 pieces of information

Norfolk AIR was developed by city staff as a resource to bring data from different sources and formats into a single location. The free site provides easy access to over 300 pieces of information, maps, and aerial photography about a property in a simple and understandable format. Norfolk AIR is used by local residents, the business community, and others throughout the United Sates and 51 other countries.

Recent enhancements to Norfolk AIR include the status of a building plan review if a property has one. This includes the application number, application date, and description and date of where it is in the review process. Also, the 2014 property assessments are now available along with the historical assessments for the past 4 years. Both of these enhancements can be found by clicking on INFO on the left side of the screen.

Try it!

Mayor’s Commission on Poverty Reduction to present report July 8

As referenced by the Mayor at Council’s organizational meeting this week, Council plans to convene early next Tuesday, July 8, at 4:00 p.m. in Council Chambers to hear a final report from the Commission on Poverty Reduction. Following this presentation, Council will convene back down in the 10th floor conference room for their routine informal session (estimating an approximate 5:00 start) & then back up to the Council Chambers for their formal session at 7:00 p.m.

Storm Update: Trash and Recycling Collection to Take Place as Scheduled on July 4

Residents are asked to secure the trash can lids and remove the cans once the trash is picked up.

The Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) and E-waste collection site located at 1176 Pineridge Road will be closed on Friday, July 4. The Division of Towing and Recovery accepts unwanted E-waste 24-hours a day and seven days a week at 1188-A Lance Road. Norfolk Residents must provide proof of residency; driver’s licenses or utility bills will be accepted.

Norfolk Updates

Events
The downtown Norfolk (Town Point Park) and Ocean View Beach Park (Granby Street and West Ocean View Avenue) July 4th festivities will take place on July 5 beginning at 5 pm. Fireworks are scheduled for 9:30 pm.

The Suburban Acres Civic League has cancelled its 4th of July parade and picnic. An alternate neighborhood picnic will be scheduled for later in July or early August.

City Offices Closed
City offices, recreation facilities and libraries are scheduled to be closed on Friday. Outdoor pools and beaches will be open weather permitting.

Trash and Recycling
Trash collection and recycling will take place as scheduled on Friday morning. Residents are asked to secure the trash can lids and remove the cans once the trash is picked up.

Norfolk Crews Prepared
Norfolk Public Works crews have been preparing for days for the arrival of Hurricane Arthur. Since Monday, Public Works crews have been cleaning storm drains and ditches. Street sweeping crews have removed leaves and grass clippings off the road. This preventative measure helps keep the debris out of the storm drains and ditches. Storm water crews will be on standby to address any problem areas.
Towing and Recovery is operating on a regular schedule.
City constructions sites will be closed and secured.
City crews are on standby.

National Weather Service
Based on the latest forecast information, Hurricane Arthur is expected to pass the coast around 2am Friday morning through Friday mid-afternoon. During this time, expected impacts include:

Rainfall: 1-3”
Storm Surge: 1-1.5’
High Tide: About 3.5’ around noon Friday
Winds: lower to mid-20’s sustained; gusts up to 40mph around waterfront
Beach Erosion: possible around Ocean View

Norview Avenue EAST/Exit 279-B at Norfolk International Airport Scheduled to Close For Utility Work

Beginning Monday, July 7, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. through Friday, July 11, 2014 at 5 a.m., Exit 279-B from I-64 West will be completely closed.

Norfolk, VA –Beginning Monday, July 7, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. through Friday, July 11, 2014 at 5 a.m., Exit 279-B from I-64 West will be completely closed. The closure is necessary to allow the City of Norfolk to complete utility work.  A map of detour routes can be found at http://goo.gl/maps/3abWv. Detour information is also listed in detail below.

Detours:

  • Motorists heading towards Military Highway that normally use Exit 279B “Norview Avenue EAST, Norfolk Int’l Airport”:
  • Option 1:
    • Take Exit 281/“Military Hwy.”
    • Bear to the right
    • Turn left onto Robin Hood Road
    • Turn right onto N. Military Highway
    • Arrive at Norview Avenue
  • Option 2:
    • Take Exit 278/“Chesapeake Blvd.”
    • Bear right onto Chesapeake Boulevard
    • Turn right onto Johnston’s Road
    • Turn right onto N. Military Highway
    • Arrive at Norview Avenue
  • Motorists heading to Norfolk International Airport (ORF) from westbound I-64W that normally use Exit 279B “Norview Ave. EAST, Norfolk Int’l Airport”:
  • Option 1:
    • Take Exit 281/“Military Hwy.”
    • Bear to the right
    • Turn left onto Robin Hood Road
    • Turn right onto N. Military Highway
    • Turn right onto Norview Avenue
    • Arrive at Norfolk International Airport
  • Option 2:
    • Take Exit 278/“Chesapeake Blvd.”
    • Bear right onto Chesapeake Boulevard
    • Turn right onto Johnston’s Road
    • Turn right onto N. Military Highway
    • Turn left onto Norview Avenue
    • Arrive at Norfolk International Airport

Transit Relief for Tunnel Congestion

Expanded bus service between Portsmouth and Norfolk begins July 6 to help people cross the Elizabeth River faster, more frequently and provide a toll-free option.

Customers of local routes 44, 45 and 47 will find additional service into the evenings and on weekends under an agreement that provides Hampton Roads Transit with $2.1 million annually to pay for the service plus seven new buses to supplement the routes.

The partnership is with Elizabeth River Crossings, the company that is delivering the Elizabeth River Tunnels Project which consists of a new Midtown Tunnel, an expanded Martin Luther King Freeway, and rehabilitation of the existing Downtown and Midtown tunnels.

“We are thrilled that in a time of tight finances an innovative agreement with a private company will lead to more transit service under the river,” said William Harrell, president and CEO of Hampton Roads Transit. “This is a deal that benefits the transit community and the region at large because it gives people a real option other than driving.”

Along with the new buses a number of changes to the familiar routes serving the cities are also being implemented.

Route 44 will now operate between Starmount Parkway and Sentara Norfolk General Hospital with stops at Victory Crossing and High Street/Florida Avenue. Route 44 will service Tidewater Community College (Portsmouth Campus) Monday through Saturday after 7 pm. Service to EVMC/Fort Norfolk light rail station and the Downtown Norfolk Transit Center will be discontinued and the Rt. 44 will now terminate at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital. Rt. 44 will operate until 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

Rt. 45 will provide 15-minute peak hour service Mon.-Fri. from 6-9 a.m. and from 4-7 p.m.
Rt. 47 will provide 15-minute peak hour service between County and Court Streets and Village and Academy Monday through Friday from 6-8 a.m. and 4-6:30 p.m. All Monday through Saturday service will now operate until 10:00 p.m. and new Sunday service will be provided hourly from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

These new bus service enhancements are part of a larger effort to improve transit options for people using the Elizabeth River tunnels. HRT’s Elizabeth River ferries are now operating earlier weekday service starting at 5:30 a.m.